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Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Stress Relief

Progressive muscle relaxation can be a very effective stress relief technique once you’ve mastered it. It involves tensing individual muscle groups and then relaxing them to create awareness of tension and relaxation. It progresses through all the major muscle groups, from head to toe, and…

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Normal or Not? Reading Your Blood Pressure

At your last doctor’s visit, you probably rolled up your sleeves and held your arm out to have your blood pressure taken. Well, the nurse may have been doing it all wrong. The difference between a true diagnosis of high blood pressure and temporarily elevated blood pressure basically comes down…

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How To Use Turmeric To Stop Asthma

I obviously have a warm spot in my heart for the Ayurvedic spice turmeric. I’ve been writing about it for years, and included it in my many formulas. As I’ve covered in the past, turmeric has been shown to have remarkable anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant…

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Safe Alternatives to NSAIDs

In the May issue of my newsletter, Alternatives, I answered a question from a reader about whether or not I have changed my views on aspirin, considering it has been found to prevent heart attacks, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Not to mention, millions of people regularly use aspirin and…

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Is Fast Food Causing ADHD?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ADHD has become a catch-all diagnosis for every unruly or misbehaving child in this country. Rather than reduce the sugar, soft-drinks and fast foods in the diet to correct the underlying blood sugar problems that are often at the root of ADHD, many…

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How to Fix a Hiatal Hernia Naturally

If you have a hiatal hernia, you probably experience the horrible burning in your chest associated with heartburn and acid reflux after most meals. I’d like to offer a simple, natural solution for your mealtime discomfort. But first, a quick explanation of what’s happening: Your diaphragm…

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Super Antioxidant Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake showcases some of nature's tastiest antioxidants, in the form of unsweetened cocoa powder and walnuts. It is a cake so delicious you wouldn't think it could be so good for you! Ingredients * 4 large free-range eggs * ¾ cup xylitol * ¾ cup canola oil * 1 cup 1% milk * 2 tsp.…

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Are You Wearing the Right Shoe Size?

A couple months ago on Facebook, I shared an article about natural solutions for plantar fasciitis that drew a lot of interest. That didn’t really surprise me; foot problems are among the most painful and limiting musculoskeletal issues you can develop as you age. One way to help prevent foot…

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Triphala for Ailing Vision

Triphala, a combination of three herbs, has been widely prescribed in India for thousands of years. Modern practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine prescribe Triphala for its antioxidant, detoxifying, and restorative effects throughout the body, including vision. Indians who practice Ayurvedic medicine…

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Three Steps to Control Stress

Stress is beneficial, in the right amount and at the right time. It improves vision and mental focus, and causes the release of adrenaline to power muscles. As I’ve written before, constant stress has the opposite effects on your body and mind. Your cardiovascular system, immune function,…

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Go Barefoot for Better Balance

In the past I've reported on interesting research that looked at what effect wearing shoes with textured insoles could have on the gait of older people prone to falling. Researchers found that walking with textured insoles caused people to walk slower and more cautiously. It got me thinking about…

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Foods to Avoid With GERD

It appears that we’re not the only country whose population is seeing an increase in problems with heartburn, or GERD. By looking at study surveys, researchers at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, compared 3,153 individuals who reported problems with severe heartburn or regurgitation to…

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Propolis Promotes Pregnancy

Dr. Ali with the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, has worked with propolis, the natural antimicrobial compound made by bees. Propolis is the resinous compound that bees make and use to seal their hives. It keeps their hive free from fungus, harmful bacteria, and viruses. If a mouse or other…

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7 Best Anti-aging Herbs: Gymnema Sylvestre

Of all of the herbs, this one is likely the least familiar for many of you. This is unfortunate, because gymnema sylvestre's ability to regulate blood sugar levels could help many people in the country. Its translated name, "sugar destroyer," came about because ancient Ayurvedic physicians found…

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Preventing Falls While You Improve Your Memory

A primary cause of disability in this country is falls. I think you’ll agree, the statistics on falls are frightening, to say the least: * The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that each year, one-third of all adults aged 65 and older will fall. * Falls are the leading cause of…

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Multivitamins--Your Best Nutritional Safety Net

Here the media goes again. Over the weekend, the New York Times printed yet another negative op-ed piece about vitamins. The writer discusses the "dangers" of taking "megavitamins." I do agree that ideally, we would get all the nutrients we need through our food. But it is a common misconception,…

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Stop the Flu With Resveratrol

The compound from grape skins called resveratrol is back in the news, because research suggests that it might also become a powerful tool to help stop the spread of the flu. Researchers at the Institute of Microbiology found that resveratrol could stop the replication of the influenza virus in cell…

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Spirulina Helps Hepatitis C Patients

Hepatitis C kills more than 10,000 people a year in this country. More than 180 million individuals are infected worldwide, including 4 million in the US. It is the nation’s leading cause of liver failure, liver cancer, and liver transplantation. Typically, hepatitis C treatment entails a 48-week…

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Avoid Antibiotics for Back Pain

If you are experiencing back pain, you have a lot of company. It’s estimated that as many as 8 out of every 10 people will struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. And while there are many causes of back pain—as well as many natural treatments that can offer back pain…

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Statins Decrease Exercise's Benefits

As if statins need any additional problems to add to their ever-growing list of harmful side effects, a recent study found that these cholesterol-lowering medications can actually decrease the benefits of exercise. So if you’re taking statins and exercising in an effort to get/stay healthy, you…

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Food Causing Your IBS? Use Food to Fight It

If you are an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferer, one bad food choice can literally turn your stomach into angry knots with painful cramping, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. But the right choice can be the key to a calm and settled bowel instead of an irritable one. Many studies,…

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